Behind the scenes


The Fading Pink of a Few Ghostly Swear Words,

Hedgehog spines, acrylic and watercolour on canvas 88.0 × 100.0 cm

Delikoura’s subject draws inspiration from the marble sculptures of Elefsina, particularly those depicting animals. A subtle graffiti detail in the bottom right-hand corner juxtaposes the architecture of the past with the evolving urban landscape, documenting the city’s transformation over time.

This work demonstrates Lydia’s continuous interest in the exploration of colour pink. She explores the colour through a variation of objects and subjects, often inspired by mythology, ancient civilisations and her immediate surroundings. The use of found hedgehog spines further highlights her keen experimentation with mediums (as her practice goes beyond painting) and underpins the importance of nature and landscape in her oeuvre.

Lydia Delikoura

About the Artist

Lydia Delikoura (b. 1996, Athens) is a Greek mixed-media artist based in Athens, known for her unpredictable exploration of diverse mediums inspired by their natural decay and metamorphosis. Fascinated by the transformative power of colour and the interconnectedness of art, history and life cycles, Delikoura’s work is a testament to the complexity of her process, where various elements take centre stage, bridging the contemporary and the ancient, from a pink Coca-Cola can to marble sculptures from Elefsina.

Lydia Delikoura is one of the first artists taking part in ITERARTE’s variations series and showed at the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens (2024). She is a graduate student of UAL, Camberwell College of Arts and Goldsmiths, University of London, and is currently studying Marble Sculpture at the School of Fine Arts, Panormos, Tinos.

Read more about her work in our magazine feature: Unveiling the Power of Colour: Exploring Decay, Transformation, and Found Objects

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